I went looking for Google’s top terms of 2006 today after seeing that some of them had been leaked to the UK press. Nothing public was up on either the Google press releases page (no surprise, typically hours behind when Google actually releases news) or the main Google Zeitgeist page or the 2006 page. I should have remembered to do what Garett Rogers thought of — follow the regular URL patterns from past years to see if they’d been posted but not publicized. Nice job, Garett. Google Zeitgeist 2006 is live. Top terms for 2006 were:
3. world cup
These will be filtered, of course. Otherwise, you’d see lots of queries for sex and other navigational terms in there that I know have been dropped out.
You can also see top searches for news (paris hilton leads the pack), what’s hot, trends on current events, what Google considers milestones (weddings, divorces, obits), entertainment queries and sports.